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Owning a business means freedom

Mary Bogart, principal and owner of Bogart Engineering, says there is nothing like being self-employed.

“There’s no substitute for the freedom of being your own boss in your own business.The longer hours and more intense work effort will provide direct financial benefit to you, the business owner. Just as important, if you own your own business and surround yourself with good employees, you can work a flexible, family-friendly schedule,” she said, “And for women with families, this can be the best reward possible in their careers and lives.”

As the owner of Bogart Engineering, she is responsible for all aspects of running the business, including marketing campaigns, providing engineering services, and keeping the firm on solid financial footing. In her day-to-day responsibilities, she prepares proposals, completes traffic studies, provides design services and supervises her employees.

“I consider myself a doer and a supervisor, and being a doer makes me a better supervisor, since I am more in touch with all the work that’s done,” she said.
Bogart earned a degree in civil engineering from Lafayette College.

Early on in her career, she worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and later, Parsons Brinckerhoff, in Columbus, Ohio. After returning to northeastern Pennsylvania and earning a professional engineering license, she began Bogart Engineering in 1988.

“The most important lesson that I learned along the way is that empty barrels make the most noise,” Bogart said. She advises people to instead listen carefully — the loudest voice is rarely the most wise.

Bogart appreciates the support of her husband, Len, and two children — daughter, Emily, a student at the University of Maryland, and son, Bryan, a student at North Pocono High School.

She is a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, Professional Women in Construction and is the Northeast Pennsylvania Math Counts coordinator. In her spare time — when she has any — she enjoys such leisure activities like tennis and said she is learning to play golf.